Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

pray for us

Just letting you all know that we are heading to the hospital clinic for Braveheart's last clinic day!! He will have a bone marrow biopsy, CAT scan, last chemo in port..etc...long day but we are so glad to be getting this over with!! We thank you for your prayers for us all but especially my precious boy who has to go through it all...of coarse he will have his MOST HIGH PROTECTOR AND COMFORTER WITH HIM!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

escape from warsaw

We just finished a read aloud that was quite good. A group of children right after the war try to travel across Europe to reach their parents all by themselves. Plenty of adventure and sacrifice. It is based on a true story. Very entertaining. Fairly quick read. Highly recommend.

Friday, April 23, 2010

i'm back from my media fast!!

You may not have even known I was gone but our whole family was challenged and enjoyed a 'media fast' while we focused on 'being still and knowing I am God' and reading Romans 12. That's right, no TV, no radio, no ipod or book tapes. We don't watch a huge amount of TV, mostly Netflix, but we do tend to turn on the other distractions. It was so good.

2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The whole chapter 12 is just so good! I am going to try to memorize this as a family but will not stress about it. Anyway, it was a great time of reflections and saying no to those media stimulations.

Now I will segway (how do you spell that?) into a look at my newest scarf I finished a couple weeks ago. Remember those leftover 5 sided grannies I made? Well, I switched up the look a bit with my leftovers. I think it was fun! I pray God will transform you this week to His perfect will.

Monday, April 19, 2010

spring recital violin style

My Damsel girl had her first spring recital in violin. It was so lovely. It was especially lovely to see the experienced kids playing so amazing and watch them really inspire the younger ones on! We have so many wonderful things to look forward to in her violin career.
Below is a part of her piece entitled SONG OF THE WIND.
When we returned home I tried to be photography mama. She was so cute and was all dressed up and we needed a photo with her violin. Well, she was cold and it just didn't turn out the way I hoped! I had to show you though since it was so funny. However, I do really love the one where I caught her laughing! I will try again soon when it is warmer!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

god's smuggler

We are listening to a wonderful book for our history time period. It is called God's Smuggler? Have you ever read it? It is post WW 2 and covers the life of a man called Brother Andrew and his work for the Lord. So far we are thoroughly enjoying it. It has humor and is full of such amazing insights into the power and provision of God. It makes me really want to regroup and learn to really rely on the Lord for all our needs in a way that is deeper. I have found it to be readily available in my library system in book and audio form.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

pinewood derby

Here they are, finally. Look at this one above and see all the work that my man did to help the kids make really cool cars. He loves it and is really good at it. My kid's cars always win, it's amazing. Glenn's even won the family and championship races!! He and I ended up racing each other in the family race. It was fun.

Monday, April 5, 2010

the doll people

We finally finished this book that was part of our 'dollhouse' book adventures. It was very cute, showcasing the life of a very old doll house family and their adventures after meeting a 'new fangled' doll house family. We enjoyed it even after a small break where we put it down for awhile. There are several more in this series, but I couldn't find them in our library and I am determined to not buy another book until we can read some of the great literature we have right here in our own abode that seems to be gathering dust! You know what I mean!!
We just started reading understood betsy as our girly read, so we'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

countdown to a cure....1 left!

How can we express how truly excited we are??We are racing to a cure! I think just knowing how close we are to being done is really perking Braveheart up like crazy. We saw a friend at clinic today that was in for his very last vincristine treatment and boy did we praise God and rejoice with them! They've been 3 long years of this. What a toll this does take on ones life physically, financially and emotionally. I can just feel my stress melting away as we get closer and the healing my body is really trying hard to do. I think this weather really helps right folks? Not to mention all the prayers which hold us up so well.

Today's visit went great, thanks for praying, it was quick and smooth. B didn't feel good for a little while but he perked up when he ate lunch and we both indulged in a 10 minute chair massage. was great. We both really needed that.
Next month on the 29th will be his very last clinic day with chemo. This will be a very full day and likely Glenn (daddy) is going to take off work, maybe Grandma Diane too and come up to IC for the day. We are going to see if Dylan can get out of his college class without it messing him up, so we can all go together as a family. This day will be a big one for B. He will have to have some tests to serve as a baseline as he comes off his treatment.
He will get no food after midnight the night before, then his last chemo in his port, then get a bone marrow biopsy (long needle into bone) then will get food and go down for a CT scan (he does not have to have a PET scan since he has no signs that worry them)then he will meet with the surgeons for a pre-op exam so that when he comes back for his next visit he will have his port taken out right away!!

Ok, I just have to thank my friend JoLayne for offering to help me plan for B's END OF TREATMENT PARTY.( ETP ) Please mark your calendars but I will let you know when it is in full stone but so far it is going to be Sunday June 6th. Finding the right date was a challenge so we are going for it. Details will be coming. Pray for me as I have a graduate to plan for as well.

I also must thank my dear friend Lynn who is a natural cleany/ organized type and she drove 100 miles to come help me organize my house. After this last 2 years, I needed some help with this skill (not my gift) and with my sore feet, I could never have done it without her continuing when I had to put my feet up. We went through the whole kitchen head to toe and gave away numerous bags of 'stuff'.This has been such a blessing to me. I can't express it enough and feel thankful for the gift of Christian love, friendship and support. Thanks Lynn. I have been going through all kinds of other rooms and closets. Bye the way, she is coming back to help me with another very needy room next week!!

If you get some extra time, go give some blood, please. You never know when your kids might need it!! Go for all the kids. Just go!! :)

Sometimes I feel like I have been waiting forever but here it is! Thank you all and most of all our dear Savior for carrying us along. He is so good.
Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD;Be strong and let your heart take courage;Yes, wait for the LORD.


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.